Golf is a big thing in Northwest Arkansas, especially in Rogers. Golf enthusiasts can find several opportunitites to play or watch the sport. And in my case, if you have loved ones who enjoy golf, you have several places to get great golf-related gifts.
Starting this week and going through June 26, Rogers is the host to the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship. The Championship is an official LPGA Tour event featuring 144 of the top female golfers in the world and a $2 million purse ($300,000 to the champion). The 2016 Spectator Guide offers all the information you need to know about watching the tournament at Pinnacle Hills Country Club throughout the week.
The Championship is one of the region’s favorite annual events, and it’s held at one of the most beautiful golf courses in Rogers. One of the cool aspects of this event is that it features an activity for just about everyone. It seems like every year the organizers create a better assortment of events throughout the championship week, including many opportunities to support local nonprofit organizations.
This year’s special community events include a concert with Rachel Platten, the newly rebranded BITE NW Arkansas, and a 5K.
Don’t have time to make it to this year’s LPGA? There’s still plenty of opportunities for golf enthusiasts in Rogers:
Rogers has several private club courses, which you can use if a member invites you as a guest. The public courses are just as beautiful and provide different levels of challenge for golfers.
There are two public courses in Rogers:
Prairie Creek Country Club is 18 holes with a par of 72
The Greens on Blossom Way is 9 holes with a par of 35.
There are also public courses in nearby cities such as Bella Vista, Bentonville, Springdale, and Fayetteville.
Here’s a quick list of other public courses you can enjoy while visiting Rogers:
Links at Bentonville is 9 holes with a par of 32.
Links at Rainbow Curve (Bentonville) is 9 holes with a par of 32.
Links at Springdale is 9 holes with a par of 33.
Brush Creek Golf Course (Springdale) is 9 holes with a par of 36.
Lakeside Par 3 Lakeside Course (Fayetteville) is 9 holes with a par of 27.
Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course (Fayetteville) is 18 holes with a par of 72.
Links at Fayetteville is 9 holes with a par of 35.
Do you already know when you’re traveling to Rogers? Check out the community calendar on the Rogers Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce website to see if any local organizations are hosting a charity golf tournament. It is a fun way to support an assortment of great causes.
You can also catch the great University of Arkansas golf teams. They have a women’s golf team and a men’s golf team. I also love that we have the First Tee Northwest Arkansas organization, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization that teaches local youth about “Nine Leadership Core Values: Confidence, Respect, Courtesy, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Judgment, Honesty, Integrity, and Perseverance” through the game of golf.
The organization now calls the Tyson First Tee Learning Center in Lowell. The learning center is open to the public and the facility features a full-length driving range, a short game center, a large bentgrass putting green, and three holes of golf.
Need golf gear? Rogers has several places that offer golf equipment.The first one that comes to mind is the local CaddiesShack.com (yes, it’s a brick and mortar store), which is on North Dixieland. Rogers has an Academy Sports+Outdoors, which is on 26th Street (off Pleasant Grove Road). You can also find the Golf Headquarters on Walnut.
Finally, I wanted to share some thoughts about golfing in Arkansas. These come from my knowledge of the region with a little bit of help from the Arkansas State Golf Association. As you will soon discover, the Ozarks are a bit hilly. Many of our golf courses have more inclines than some visitors might be used to traveling. Even if you do rent a golf cart (Why not? They’re fun!), I recommend doing stretches before each round. And it turns out, the ASGA agrees with me. You need to stretch your neck, torso, hips and shoulders—at least.
The heat in Arkansas is also no joke. Stay hydrated with water, not alcohol or caffeinated drinks. In fact, I recommend you try getting an early tee-off time. Others will be trying to do the same, so plan ahead. Golf is fun, but it’s not worth ruining an otherwise great trip to Rogers by getting heat sickness because you tried to do a round in the heat of the day.
What are your golf tips for enjoying the courses in Rogers and Northwest Arkansas?